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Water Makes Cannabis Taste Better

Did you know that water can make a huge difference in the taste and your experience of cannabis? Weed is typically associated with deep cravings for sugary drinks, but the taste of the cannabis community is changing. This blog explains how a glass of water gets you the purest taste of cannabis  – with some nice aquatic perks to boot!  

Cannabis Needs Water, Always

Cannabis and water belong together. A cannabis seed cannot grow without it; even the first step of germination will fail if H2O is lacking. Growing marijuana just doesn’t work without watering the roots all throughout the growth and flowering stages. Hydroponics based cannabis growing relies almost entirely on water, and flushing a plant before harvest adds to its distinct taste and purity.

But the deep bond shared by weed and water goes even further. Did you know that drinking water gives you the purest, fullest, most original taste of any cannabis you grow or buy? As cannabis lovers around the world focus more on flower flavour and terpene profiles, water is a great, easy, and healthy companion for all your first-class weed experiences.

Fine Liquids And Premium Herbs

The Amsterdam Genetics collection of high-quality cannabis seeds typically attracts a community of refined connoisseurs and gourmet growers. When it comes to matters of taste, we tend to focus on terpenes for flavours, delicate strains with aromatic bouquets, and recipes for delicious edibles. We often overlook the importance, however, of the beverages we consume alongside our beloved buds. Join us for a deep dive into the joys of pairing premium cannabis with quality water, aided by the expertise of London-based water sommelier Milin Patel, of the Fine Liquids water enterprise.

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Water and weed are a natural match.

A Taste For Water And Cannabis

Just as with any other delicacy, the right type of water can lift the taste experience of quality cannabis to another level. Compare it to picking the right wine to accompany your favourite dish: knowing which bottle to pop can make a big difference.

Wait – hang on. We can hear you think: the right type of water? Surely any plain glass of H2O will do? Well, the kind of water you pick adds another level to your cannabis taste experience – but we’ll get to that later.

Pairing cannabis with water elevates the taste experience, making it more comfortable, healthy and inspiring. Water can carry and uplift the flavour profiles of cannabis while keeping your mouth, palate and body hydrated. This unlocks the taste nuances of both water and cannabis strains. Just like weed – or wine, for that matter – water can have ‘terroir’: the unique qualities it gets from the soil from which it came. Natural water from a spring, artesian aquifer, well, rain, glacier, iceberg, lake stream reservoir – they’re all uniquely different.

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Water can really make cannabis ‘pop’.

This just makes water ring with so much history and a mystique that creates great conversation – again, just like quality cannabis. On top of that, water contains healthy natural minerals from the soil that help keep your health and wellbeing in balance.

The Flavour of Water, The Taste Of Cannabis

For thousands of years, philosophers claimed that water had no flavour. As Aristotle wrote: “What water is to tongues, as darkness is to eyes and silence is to ears. The natural substance water per se tends to be tasteless.” In his view, water is just a vehicle for flavour. Most people still think along the same lines today.

“Aristotle wrote: What water is to tongues, as darkness is to eyes and silence is to ears. It’s time to move past Aristotle, though.”

It’s time to move past Aristotle, though. Today’s many types and brands of water are a match for the myriad strains available for cannabis growers and connoisseurs. The trick, Milin says, is finding the best combinations. Water and cannabis can amplify each other’s unique flavour and effects, while their respective potential health benefits can add up in interesting ways as well.

Tasting Buds Like A Boss

The goal when creating a cannabis and water pairing is for all of the components to enhance each other. You might even be surprised if the combination creates an entirely new flavour not yet experienced with cannabis alone. This is what Milin calls ‘discovering your herbal palate.’ Much like evaluating wine, you can also use sensory evaluation techniques to prep your nose and palate for interpreting cannabis.

Next time you harvest and cure your lovingly grown flower, put it in a wine glass and begin to smell the different aroma layers that jump out of the glass. Try to evaluate the cannabis. Inhale several times, making a mental imprint of what you’re perceiving. Compare and contrast against other strains. What are the differences? The more you practice, the easier it will be to identify your favourite terpenes, which will lead to harmonious cannabis and water pairings.

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Fine Herbs deserve Fine Liquids!

Water And Cannabis: Taste, Terroir & Vintage

So water is the new wine, and like wine – or cannabis for that matter – water has its own particular terroir. The literal meaning of terroir in French is “soil” or “earth.” However, the word carries a much deeper connotation in water and tasting.

Water gets its unique terroir as it journeys through the deep layers of the earth. All water started out far in the galaxy as cosmic juice with the very simple H2O formula: two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom. Water came from outer space and helped to create planet Earth.  Water is a universal solvent and dissolves just about anything it encounters. So when it travels under the earth, it enocounters minerals and trace elements in the geological strata, which water absorbs into its terroir.

In cannabis growing, these terroir minerals are the building blocks of the plant, with a definite impact on taste and plant health. Where and how you grow makes as much difference as what you grow. It’s the same with water.

The vintage of water does not define its quality or taste but pays attention to the waters age and journey enjoying the backstory of the source that contributes to the experience. For example, when sharing your favourite cannabis strains and sipping fine water with friends, the journey and taste of both will definitely hydrate the imagination and keep you engaged with mother nature. It’s like knowing about the different origins of haze or kush cannabis strains: knowing their vintage adds depth to the experience of weed.

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Pairing Buds And Drinks

The flavour of cannabis largely depends on the terpenes a strain contains. Water’s taste is determined by the variety of minerals it contains. This is measured by Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) measured in milligrams per litre (mg/l) or parts per million (ppm). A water’s TDS is made up of a variety of minerals; Magnesium, Calcium, Potassium, Sodium, Sulfates, Bicarbonate, Silica and trace elements like Iron, Iodine, Copper.

The higher the TDS level the more distinct a waters taste can be. Low TDS waters will have more subtle neutral taste. Compare it to cannabis strains: the higher the trichome, terpene and cannabinoid count, the more distinct its smell, taste, high or desired medical benefit. Still, all of these require minerals to grow, which are carried by the water a plant drinks throughout its life. Maybe you recognised some of the essential minerals listed above from your growing adventures. If you did, you’ll know what we mean: water determines the taste of cannabis from Square One.

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Water sommelier Milin Patel of Fine Liquids.

How Water Improves The Taste Of Cannabis

The naturally occurring mix and composition of minerals makes each source of water completely different and this is based on geographical and geological formation in the area the water flows.  For example, waters that are sourced from volcanic regions of the world have a different mineral composition to waters that are sourced from glacial melt water.

That determines the taste of weed while growing. Still, the subtle taste of water also affects the flavour of cannabis when its flowers are finally ready for consumption.

Natural minerals in water contribute to the taste and mouthfeel of the water as well as the cannabis you pair it with. Water can be smooth and silky, sweet, or chalky, for instance, and the carbonation level of sparkling water only adds to the variety. Water can make a much more neutral taste background for cannabis, but it definitely adds its own twist to the mix.

Tackling Cottonmouth And The Munchies With Water

Yet water has more to offer cannabis lovers than just an improved flavour experience. Anyone familiar with the cottonmouth phenomenon will appreciate the fact that nothing works better for a dry mouth – or xerostomia as our water expert knowingly calls it – than plain old aqua. If smoking cannabis gives you that parched palate, your taste perception dries up along with it. That’s a real waste!

Don’t reach for a cold beer or sugary drink after smoking cannabis. That will only make matters worse. You should try and avoid drinking things like tea, heavy wines and fruit juices as they are attributed to dry mouth because the tannin contained within these beverages add to the dry mouth sensation. There is a simple solution. Just sip tap water or naturally sourced water frequently while consuming your premium cannabis strains and it will fight against the dry mouth and help enjoy the terpene flavour profiles.

Water can even help counter the all-consuming cannabis induced sense of hunger known as the munchies – and it does so calorie-free, too! Choosing a nice and sparkling carbonated water for your cannabis tasting helps tame those fridge-clearing urges, on top of cleansing the palate for elevated taste perception. That’s yet another great reason to pick fine liquids alongside your fine herbs, fellow connoisseurs!

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Pairing Water And Cannabis: Tips For Taste

Of course, a blog on cannabis and water would not be complete without some expert tips from Milin:

Drinking water at room temperature will let you explore the taste of water. If the water is served chilled it can provide a refreshing sensation but limits the taste of water (and cannabis!) as the taste buds are chilled numb.

A variety of ways of consuming cannabis leads to a variety of ways to pair water and cannabis.

Traditional combustion, i.e., smoking a joint: start with low mineral content water. This allows the cannabis terpenes to be discovered with subtle mouthfeel of water. Afterwards, a medium or high TDS’s sparkling water helps reduce the harshness of the smoke on the palate, while the bubbles uplift the flavour and reset your taste buds.

When vaping cannabis concentrates or extracts, drink still water with low mineral content at room temperature. This will help improve the flavour profiles and keep the mouth hydrated and reduce the onset of dry mouth. This can be followed by a chilled sparkling water to re-calibrate the palate, delay cottonmouth, and help reduce the munchies.

Sativa-dominant strains that have fruity terpene scent like limonene (natural lemon scent) will pair very well with low to medium TDS mineral waters, preferably still or lightly carbonated (effervescent)

Indica-dominant strains that have dark fruity linalool and earthy profiles will pair very well with medium to high TDS  mineral waters with large round bubbles that will elevate deep flavours of blackberry, pepper, cloves and cinnamon.

After consuming cannabis your taste buds are activated. So why not just sit back and savour the flavour of the water and try and describe the taste and mouthfeel you experience? As we discussed each water will have a completely different profile. Maybe you will discover a favourite water to enjoy with cannabis during your consumption or after just to sip and relax.

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Watering Tips For Cannabis Growers

Obviously, growing cannabis seeds on exclusive spring water would be too expensive for anyone below Snoop Dogg or Jay-Z income levels. Nonetheless, water is crucial for growing weed, so surely, a water expert might have a splash of wisdom to add here, too.

It starts with understanding the composition of the water you use. It could be freshly harvested rainwater, tap water, or reverse osmosis filtered water. Whatever you use, try to keep the following pro tips in mind:

  • Use water at room temperature. Cold water can shock the roots and stress out your plant.
  • If your local tap water is chlorinated, just let the water sit in an open bucket to let the chlorine evaporate before use: 24 hours will be sufficient.
  • Measure the pH and TDS to make sure they are within the control limits for your set up, whether soil or hydro based.

Deep understanding of the incoming water and what is required to polish the water to meet the plants specific requirements is the key to success: “All water is not created equal”. Always keep in mind that water is different wherever you go or grow, even if you use only the finest genetics.

Pairing cannabis strains with natural mineral waters is a future trend. As the cannabis community is learning to appreciate the pure and healthy joys of water, you can stay ahead of the curve and enjoy its aquatic benefits right now. Drinking water can really improve your cannabis taste experience, and since neither weed nor you can go without water for long, pairing the two just seems to make intuitive sense on so many different levels!

Cheers!

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How To Handle A Cannabis Tolerance Break

Long-time cannabis consumers may notice that the highs start to feel less sensational than they used to. Fact is, your body gradually gets used to the compounds cannabis contains, which limits heir effectiveness. You start to need more to achieve the intended effect. This can be a reason to consider a cannabis tolerance break. Taking a break from regular consumption patterns can come with substantial benefits. This blog explains what to expect from your cannabis tolerance break, as well as how to handle it.

Why Consider A Cannabis Tolerance Break?

Frequent cannabis users will recognise how their experience of the effects vary over time. No matter whether you use weed for medicinal or recreational purposes, at some point, your body may develop a level of tolerance for cannabis and its active ingredients. This tolerance explains why the high starts to feel less intense after repeated use.

Incidentally, tolerance and addiction are two very different things. Whether weed is addictive, and how such addiction expresses itself, is still hotly debated around the world. This special blog addresses the matter in detail, but for now, let’s return to the phenomenon of the t-break, or tolerance break.

A tolerance break is a tried and tested method to counter the body’s increasing cannabis tolerance. Put simply, it is a temporary pause aimed at cleansing the body and mind of cannabinoids, with particular emphasis on THC.

By not using weed for a set period of time, the body returns to its original sensitivity to the various compounds found in cannabis. Ultimately, this makes you respond to weed the way you used to before tolerance set in. In effect, a tolerance break reverses your tolerance to cannabis, which allows you to enjoy its effects like you once did.

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How Long Should A T-Break Last?

Anyone trying to take a break from cannabis is free to do so however they wish. Some people just use less weed for some time, while others decide to quit altogether for a few weeks or longer. Depending on how much cannabis you use and how you expect your body to react, you should decide on your own preferred method.

You will notice an increased responsivity to cannabis even after a few days’ tolerance break. The general advice, however, is to take at least two weeks for the tolerance to subside. Feel free to use you own feelings as a guide, though. You will notice how your mind becomes clearer as your body adjusts to the new weedless reality. These are sure signs that your cannabis tolerance break is working.

If you really want a full body cleansing that rids your whole system of cannabinoids, a 30-day cannabis tolerance break is the recommended minimum.

How To Handle A Cannabis Tolerance Break

1. Timing Is Everything

If you plan to put your cannabis intake on hold, it helps to determine beforehand how long your tolerance break should last. Twenty-one days is a good place to start. Make sure you pick a period without any major changes or events that could disrupt your usual structure of living. Also, try not to plan too far ahead by delaying the start of your cannabis tolerance break. That will only undermine your will to make a start. Once you plan your t-break, you made a deal with yourself: take it seriously and stick to the plan – you’ll thank yourself later!

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Time to trash that stash!

2. Your Stash

Once you have planned your cannabis tolerance break, it helps if you make sure your stash is finished before you start. Having your stash nearby during your t-break will make it more difficult to pull through, especially if you can see or smell it – although knowing you could just reach in and grab some poses enough temptation for most.

The best thing to do is making sure there is no weed left around the house. In fact, that applies to all cannabis-related items: your lighter, papers, pipes, and other smoking gear. Pack it all up and ask a friend to keep it safe for you, or give it away for an added sense of finality.

3. Ask Your Friends For Support

Speaking of friends, you have a choice to make. During your tolerance break, your friends, especially the cannabis loving ones, can be either a valuable source of support, or a complicating factor keeping you from the finish line. Ask yourself which of your friends are likely to support you and tell them what you’re planning. Most of them will understand and try to support you if the going gets tough. Do you feel as though certain people may want to undermine your attempt? Then try to avoid them until you finish your break.

4. Keep Yourself Occupied

Bear in mind that not using cannabis will leave you with extra time on your hands. That makes it essential to find something to keep you occupied. You could try new forms of exercise, such as running, indoor climbing, or yoga. Finding a nice creative hobby can work wonders too. It will prevent you from getting bored and tempted to turn back to that weed habit. Perhaps more importantly, it can give you a sense of doing something constructive with the time you manage to free up, and perhaps pick up some new skills along the way.

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During Your Tolerance Break: Handling Cannabis Cravings

No matter whether you consumed a little weed or lots of it, it will have had some effect on you. For some, it’s about the relaxed feelings it brings; for others it’s a means to control anxiety or a source of cheer. That means taking a temporary break can make feelings of boredom, anxiety, or irritation resurface.

Even if you were just using cannabis for fun, for the flavour, or out of sheer habit, your tolerance break is bound to trigger moments when the longing for some weed (‘just a few quick puffs…’) suddenly seems overwhelming. This is most likely to happen on moments and in situations where you’d normally be likely to light up. You can try to avoid these situations of course, but you are bound to run into these fleeting moments of deep cravings one way or another.

Positive Challenge

And yet, finding ways to handle these moments of temptation is a key positive challenge during your cannabis tolerance break. Even though you may dread the prospect of these cravings, knowing what lies ahead is a big advantage. Use it to anticipate the challenge, and think about how you can make it through these difficult moments. It will strengthen you in your resolve to resist temptation whenever it presents itself.

The first few days of a tolerance break can be particularly tough. Many people indicate that the fourth day is the hardest. If you feel the urge to quit your tolerance break, resist it. You can make it through these first few days, and from there on, things will start to get easier. The following tips can hep you deal with cannabis cravings and overcome the desire to quit your tolerance break prematurely.

  • Get moving: get some exercise, take a walk, or do some ironing instead;
  • Distract yourself: do something creative or listen to good music;
  • Be aware that cravings are just emotions – they will pass after a while;
  • Try to feel what is going on, both in the physical and the emotional sense;
  • Learn to detect situations that trigger cravings, and use this knowledge to your advantage;
  • Ask a close friend to act as backup, so you can call or text them when things get tough. It can really help to have someone you appreciate talking you through the most difficult moments, by reminding you of why you started this cannabis tolerance break in the first place.

Bonus tip: If your tolerance break is making you feel sad, stressed out, or anxious, you can try using CBD Oil to lift your mood and regain your balance. Our online store has a full range of hemp oil supplements to choose from, so order now to prepare for that upcoming t-break!

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After Your T-Break

Did you last long enough to make it through your cannabis tolerance break? If so, congratulations! You have every reason to be proud of yourself for your solid demonstration of discipline. So no what, you may wonder? Well, there’s several things you can do from here. You could decide to extend your break just a little while longer, or maybe you’ll take it easy from here, going slow on the herb now that you’ve spent a few weeks being sober. Then again, you could feel it’s time to get back on track and start working on your former favourite pastime again.

Obviously, the choice is all yours. Whatever you decide, though, keep in mind that you’re going to be much more sensitive to cannabis than you were before your tolerance break. The longer the break, the bigger the difference. If you underestimate your reduced tolerance, you may find your first high way too intense. If it does become a bit overpowering, you’ll find some useful tips on keeping the high in check in this blog.

And while we’re at it… If you do decide to go ahead with your tolerance break, perhaps this is the right time to start a new cannabis grow! That way, you’ll be able to reward your effort with a batch of freshly harvested weed that’s bound to taste better than ever before!

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A Taste Of CBD Candy

CBD, or cannabidiol, is fast becoming the go-to daily supplement for living in natural balance. That’s why Amsterdam Genetics have been selling the trusted premium CBD Oil produced by SupMedi for years. Still, we have to stay innovative, and that is why we now have CBD Candy Tablets to turn your daily hemp supplement into a moment of celebration. CBD Candy is quick and easy to use without water, no matter where you are or what you use your CBD support for.

A Sweet Candy Treat With All The Goodness Of CBD Supplements

No matter whether you use CBD Oil or other supplements to stay balanced or to treat specific symptoms or conditions, CBD Candy offers you the same potential – only sweeter. Every single piece of candy contains 5mg of premium CBD  isolate, which is just pure cannabidiol without any other cannabinoids or terpenes whatsoever. Moreover, CBD Candy is made using natural fruit powder to improve both its strawberry flavour and its natural purity.

CBD Candy can be used for many purposes, including:

  • To help you relax;
  • To help you sleep better;
  • To relieve (chronic) pain;
  • To recover from injuries and muscle aches;
  • To improve skin condition;
  • To control inflammation;
  • To counter depression and mood swings.

Science still discovers new applications for CBD all the time. The many promising properties of this cannabinoid are being studied in laboratories all over the world. Even though CBD cannot yet be labelled medicine officially, several drugs have already been developed based on this natural hemp compound. Today, more people than ever experience the difference that CBD supplements can make on a daily basis.

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First Class CBD Supplements By SupMedi

Amsterdam Genetics offers an exclusive range of first-class CBD supplements developed by SupMedi. This selection includes CBD Candy, produced from pure CBD isolate derived from carefully cultivated hemp crops. All SupMedi supplements are strictly tested for product quality and purity by independent laboratories. This ensures that you’ll get only the best, no matter which supplements you choose.

The Finest Ingredients For The Best Tasting CBD Treats

The special selection of CBD isolate is mixed with natural fruit powder to create these sweet strawberry sensations. An added dose of vitamin C completes the recipe. Of course, vitamin C is a fine addition to any supplement that improves our body’s natural balance, but it also promotes rapid absorption of active compounds into the bloodstream. That’s why CBD candies melt in your mouth without any need to add water, making it a great supplement to take with you wherever you go.

The summer-sweet strawberry flavour of CBD Candy turns your daily supplement into a true candy treat. If you’re not keen on the taste of CBD Oil, these tasty pieces of candy offer a delicious alternative. On top of this, they are is the perfect supplement for children aged four or above. One luxury storage tin contains 40 CBD treats with 5mg cannabidiol; easy to carry and fun to share around.

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CBD Candy To Soften Your Cannabis High

CBD has more to offer than just its health-related applications, however. Smart cannabis connoisseurs always keep a tin of CBD Candy handy, in case they need to control an intense cannabis high. CBD is capable of curbing the psychoactive impact of THC, which can be a useful source of relief if cannabis gets you too high.

CBD itself cannot get you high or stoned, however, since cannabidiol is a non-psychoactive compound. This allows anyone to enjoy the full potential of cannabidiol without any negative impact on their driving ability or work and school performance.

Order Your CBD Candy Online And Judge For Yourself

Of course, the best way to experience the lovely taste and natural effects of hemp-based candy is to try it for yourself. Order your tin of CBD Candy treats from our online store today – from now on, you’ll have a tasty dose of natural balance with you wherever you go!

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Is Cannabis Addictive?

Cannabis is generally regarded as a safe product for recreational or medical use. Yet while cannabis is reasonably safe to use, it does come with certain risks, and it can even be addictive in some cases. Cannabis addiction has a negative impact on physical and mental wellbeing, and it can be harmful for work and study performance as well as relationships. That’s why this blog explores the definition of addiction, and how cannabis use can sometimes become an addictive habit.

Characteristics Of Addiction

Since marijuana is considered a ‘soft’, ‘class B’, or even legal drug in an increasing number of countries, it is often viewed as relatively harmless for consumers. Its effects are milder than those of many ‘harder’ drugs, and it has less harmful consequences for the body and mind. Still, cannabis can prove to be addictive in its own unique way. Such addictions relate to the biochemical compounds in cannabis known as cannabinoids.

In substance addiction, the longing for a certain substance disrupts regular everyday life. It has negative consequences for relationship and work or school performance. Dependence on the substance becomes so great that quitting becomes impossible, even if you want to quit at some level.

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Addiction can be divided into three stages that keep repeating in cycles:

  • Stage 1: Using the substance produces a reward, in this case a high, which causes dopamine levels to rise and produce deeply positive feelings. You want to use the substance again;
  • Stage 2: You start to feel worse if you don’t use the substance. Withdrawal symptoms set in, such as feelings of anxiety and depression;
  • Stage 3: Use of the substance is constantly on your mind, tempting you to do so and return to stage 1.

These three stages can observed in problematic cannabis use, too. Cases of addiction are characterised by physical and mental dependency on the substance.

Mental dependency

Mental cannabis dependency generally only occurs after heavy use of weed; usually at least once a week and daily in most cases. Cravings for the substance become ever more intense, and you feel unwell if you are unable to use it.

Physical dependency

Cannabis addiction can also manifest as a physical phenomenon. If you don’t use the substance, withdrawal symptoms occur. The body feels as though it cannot manage without cannabis. Addictive cannabis symptoms are usually mild compared to most other addictions.

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How Addictive Is Cannabis?

There are many substances that can cause addiction, as ubiquitous products such as alcohol, sugar, or caffeine demonstrate. Since cannabis can influence both the brain and the body, it should not come as a surprise that this substance can be addictive, too. Still, many cannabis consumers deny flat out that their pastime can become addictive; especially in their own particular case, of course.

Nonetheless, we see heavy users who struggle to keep functioning in their daily lives. They have trouble eating regular meals, taking proper care of themselves, or holding on to their jobs. Research also shows that heavy users can experience withdrawal symptoms.

Another facet of cannabis use related to its addictive dimension is the possibility of tolerance buildup. People who light up on a daily basis may find that weed starts to lose its initial impact and effects over time. The body gets used to cannabis, so they need more to produce the same effects, or to notice any effect at all. This is another important indicator for the addictive potential of cannabis.

Anyone trying to quit an addictive substance or habit may experience withdrawal symptoms. Although these symptoms are mild in case of cannabis, they can still make its addictive potential uncomfortably clear:

  • Difficulty falling asleep;
  • Nightmares;
  • Restlessness and anxiety;
  • Headaches;
  • Trembling;
  • Sweating;
  • Reduced appetite;
  • Bad moods.

These symptoms usually start the day after quitting cannabis use. They tend to peak on day two, and gradually subside after that. Cannabis withdrawal symptoms can last for up to two weeks, but they pose no real threat and they are less severe than those of other addictive substances such as nicotine or heroin.

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Addictive Cannabis: Effects On The Brain

Just like other addictive substances, cannabis influences the brain’s reward system. Addiction changes the way in which the brain processes stress, self-control, and rewards. Actual cannabis addiction disrupts the part of the brain that governs attention, concentration, planning, and decision making (the so-called executive functions).

Addiction also affects self-regulation: our ability to control our inner urges, emotions, cognitions, and behaviours. In cannabis addiction, the craving for weed can interfere with our decision-making, our emotions, and our thoughts. That is not always a good thing: clearly, deciding to use cannabis instead of going to work or school, or paying your mom a long-overdue visit, can get you in trouble fast.

When cannabis becomes addictive, it can also degrade your response to stressful situations. In potentially dangerous situations, stress levels normally rise, triggering the release of stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline. Long-term use of cannabis can suppress cortisol secretion, which reduces basic alertness.

In stressful situations, cortisol is a very useful hormone that unlocks energy reserves and raises alertness. It’s not hard to see how inadequate stress responses can lead to dangerous situations in real life.

Who Is Most At Risk Of Cannabis Addiction?

Now that you know cannabis can be addictive, you may wonder if certain people are more at risk than others. It helps to know that addiction risk involves multiple factors including genetic predisposition, the environment in which we live, socioeconomic status, and lifestyle.

In spite of these demographics, however, young people seem to be particularly at risk when it comes to the addictive potential of cannabis. Experimenting with marijuana before the age of sixteen seems to be particularly risky. In addition, people who already struggle with other addictions (such as alcohol) are more at risk. Moreover, people with existing mood disorders such as depression are also more vulnerable to addiction problems.

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What If Cannabis Becomes An Addictive Habit?

So what can you do if you think you may be addicted to cannabis? We would advise you first of all to take your problem seriously and to seek professional help. Several therapeutic interventions have proven successful, including cognitive behavioural therapy, which can help reduce the compulsory impulse to use cannabis. Other forms of psychotherapy including systemic therapy can also prove helpful.

Of course, trying to quit or cut down on cannabis use is also an option, as long as you have the mental fortitude and discipline to do so. Temporary tolerance breaks can also be a solution: not using cannabis for about a month will drastically reduce your body’s tolerance to the substance, making you less dependent while decreasing the amount of weed you need to reach the intended effect.

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Another important tip is to talk about your cannabis use with people you trust, such as close friends or family members. Keeping cannabis habits secret or taboo makes it harder to do something about it. You could also decide to talk to your doctor for professional advice, as they may be able to refer you to the best experts in addiction care.

Whatever you do, though, always make sure you stay responsible while enjoying cannabis. Moderation is always a wise approach, and you will notice that cannabis becomes more enjoyable if you use it sporadically rather than chronically. And since Amsterdam Genetics is all about premium quality cannabis, we would advise anyone to go for the kind of quality experiences you get when you know how much is too much!

 

Cannabis Stretch Prevention

Watching cannabis seeds grow into big, strong plants is likely to spark a sense of pride in any grower. The bigger the plant, the better, one might assume. Sadly, though, growing larger is no guarantee of producing the best results. If plants start to race upwards and grow tall too fast – a phenomenon called ‘stretch’ – stems turn into long, thin, and dangerously frail stalks. Stretching is an all too common sight for novice growers; and one they should aim to avoid. This blog explains why stretch occurs in cannabis plants, and what growers can do to avoid it.

Why Cannabis Plants Stretch

Growth is a natural process in all plant species, yet not all plants do so in the same way or by the same degree. When growing cannabis, the aim should be plant growth as well as development of full flower buds. A growth spurt right before the onset of the flowering phase is a very common sight.

At this point, nearly all energy is directed at growth, which can easily make crops grow twice as tall. This is a positive thing: big plants can sustain more colas and therefore produce bigger harvests. Stretch, however, means that plants invest too much of their energy into developing long stems, which can ultimately impede bud development, or even cripple and kill young plants.

So why do cannabis plants stretch, you may wonder. Excessive stretching can occur for a number of reasons, including:

  • Unstable environmental temperatures;
  • Incorrect lighting schemes;
  • Lack of soil nutrients;
  • Genetics.

Planting cannabis seedlings too closely together can also cause stretch. Individuals can ‘feel threatened’ by neighbours that come too close, because they can rob them of the (sun-) light they need. A quick growth spurt is an evolutionary strategy used to make a dash for the available light by outreaching the competition.

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Germinated seedlings racing for the light.

The Downsides Of Stretching

As we have seen, bigger plants are not always better plants. It’s not hard to see why. Excessive growth in the early stages of the cannabis life cycle leads to thin, fragile stems. These can easily bend or even snap. Moreover, plants that invest too much of their energy in growing lack the resources they need to develop big, healthy buds in the flowering phase.

Stretch can occur both in outdoor and indoor cannabis growing. Indoor grows can easily become problematic if they run out of space, on top of the problems mentioned above. Suffice to say, stretch is a risk any cannabis grower ought to avoid. Luckily, there are several ways to avoid it if you know what to do.

How To Counter Stretch In Cannabis Plants?

Early prevention of stretch starts with knowing the properties of the cannabis strain you want to grow. Once your plants start growing, try to keep a close eye on the pace of growth, and use the following tips to manage their development.

1. Pick The Right Strain

Generally speaking, sativa strains tend to grow larger than indicas do. Still, that doesn’t mean sativa cannabis plants are more prone to stretch. We would advise any grower to order seeds from a renowned and established seed bank, however, as this reduces the risk of undesirable genetic traits and unpredictable plant behaviour.

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2. Temperature Awareness

Cannabis plants respond to heat. That makes it important to monitor temperatures, especially when growing indoors. Temperatures above 29°C can trigger stretch in cannabis.

Use a thermometer to constantly monitor temperatures in tents or other interior grow rooms. Outside, it can pay off to make clever use of shade by picking the right spot for grows. This will help keep temperatures stable and prevent growth issues before they start.

3. Plant Spacing

The spacing of individual cannabis plants is another factor in stretch prevention. If plants are too densely packed together, they will tend to try and find space by making vertical sprints. This natural tendency can easily turn into stretching if left unchecked.

Always keep plenty of space open between your plants. This will help prevent stretching as well as improve air circulation in the grow environment.

4. Improving Airflow

Cannabis plants growing outside have to cope with wind as an environmental influence. Wind can help strengthen plants by promoting development of strong stems, which automatically reduces their innate tendency to race upwards.

Indoor grows can also be improved in term of air circulation. Buying high-tech equipment is not necessary: installing a simple fan can be enough to encourage cannabis plants to develop firm stems and prevent stretch.

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5. Low Stress Training Or Screen Of Green

Low Stress Training (LST) can also work wonders in limiting vertical growth. LST is a useful way of redirecting the direction of plant growth. In addition, this technique facilitates optimal use of available space, light, and oxygen.

Screen Of Green (SCRoG) is another technique that can achieve similar results by different means. SCRoG uses a grid to redirect growth rather than bending the stems directly. This encourages lateral plant growth, which can help curb the vertical ambitions of your plant.

6. Adjusting Distance To The Lights

Lighting can also affect a plant’s vertical growth. Like most other plants, cannabis grows in the direction of the light. If you want to reduce stretch, it can be helpful to reduce the distance between the lights and the cannabis plants. Depending on which bulbs you use, be careful about burning your plants with the lamp’s heat radiation, though.

Finding the right balance can be tricky. The ideal distance depends on the type and intensity of the lighting used. Always be cautious and stay below the danger threshold to avoid ruining your grow.

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7. Shortening The Vegetative Stage

Another way of reducing stretch in cannabis plants is to try and shorten the growth or vegetative stage of the cannabis life cycle. If you want to keep your plants growing before the flowering stage sets in, keep a close eye on them. Determine the maximum height you want your plants to reach. Then, switch to the flowering phase before they reach half that height. This way, even if your plants double in size, they will not reach past your personal limit.

Of course, in case of outdoor grows, there isn’t much you can do when it comes to the ‘flip’ (the same goes for lighting distance; it’s hard to put plants closer to the sun), but indoor grows can definitely benefit from this technique.

8. Adjusting The Lighting Spectrum

As we’ve explained, light is one of the most important factors that determine stretch in cannabis plants. The right light spectrum can encourage growth. Using high pressure sodium lights (HPS) will increase a plant’s pace of growth. Using metal halide lamps (MH) in the initial weeks of flowering helps keep stems short before switching back to HPS.

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9. Going Easy On Nutrients

A final way of limiting stretch in cannabis plants is to limit the availability of nutrients by not adding too much nutrition at the start of the flowering phase. Restricting nutes and CO2 supply will give you optimal control over stretching tendencies.

Here too, balance is key, as you don’t want to deny your plants essential nutrients. This will not improve their health, so try to steer clear of giving either too much or too little.

10. Compensating For Cannabis Seedling Stretch

After cannabis seeds have germinated, seedlings can start to stretch at an early stage. This is a very bad start of your grow, but if it does happen before you can intervene, you can simply try to bury the lower part of the stem in soil by forming a little mound around it for support. This may sound a bit too easy, but it can help your baby plant survive without snapping until it grows strong enough to support its first fan leaves.

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Cannabis Stretch Prevention

As you have seen, stretch can be a big disadvantage for cannabis plants, resulting in fragile specimens with few buds, or worse. Fortunately, making a few minor adjustments can go a long way towards preventing excess vertical growth. Giving a little bit of extra care and attention can greatly increase the prospect of a bountiful harvest if you know what to do – and that’s just what we’re here for.

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Cannabis Against Glaucoma

Glaucoma is a very common condition that can eventually lead to blindness. Cannabis is a plant with many remarkable properties, which in recent years has been demonstrated to offer great potential health benefits. This includes our eye health, regardless of the red eyes typically associated with consumption of marijuana. In fact, the very vasodilatory properties of cannabis are precisely what could help relieve glaucoma symptoms, as this blog explains in detail.

How Cannabis Affects The Eye

Anyone who has ever tried weed has either noticed or had other people point out how it can turn the white of the eyes red. This is caused by its key ingredient THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which decreases blood pressure throughout the body. In the eyes, this pressure drop improves blood flow, which causes the blood vessels to widen in a process known as vasodilation. Obviously, though, cannabis has many other effects; used both for recreational purposes and against insomnia, inflammation, chronic pain, lack of appetite, and more.

The many compounds found in cannabis (the so-called cannabinoids such as THC and CBD) work by influencing an essential communications network that spans the bodies of all vertebrates. This system is know as the endocannabinoid system (ECS). Cannabinoids interact with the ECS by contacting cannabinoid receptors lining the outer cell membranes. This ability allows compounds like THC and CBD to regulate multiple important physiological systems.

The cells found in our eyes have receptors too, with a particular prevalence of CB1 cannabinoid receptors. These receptors are also found throughout the brain, particularly in the areas responsible for processing visual stimuli. Preclinical trials have demonstrated that that the ECS is also closely involved in eyesight. A 2016 primate study sought to improve our grasp of the underlying mechanisms.

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It appears that manipulation of cannabinoid receptors changes the way in which electrical signals travel along the retina. Using electroretinogram measurements, researchers found that cannabinoid receptors affect the way the eye responds to light.

Apparently, cannabis affects our eyesight. Although further studies are needed to clarify the precise effects, preliminary research has demonstrated the potential relief that cannabis can bring for glaucoma patients. This is yet another impressive addition to the expanding list of medicinal marijuana applications.

What Is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is a remarkably prevalent eye condition that affects about 1 to 1.5% of all Dutch people over 40. Glaucoma is a degenerative condition that worsens over time. It is caused by damage to the optic nerve, which is responsible for our vision by relaying neural impulses from the retina to the visual cortex of the brain. Glaucoma can be caused by increased pressure inside the eyeball, but other factors can play a part, too.

Damage to the optic nerve leads to visual impairment and causes blind spots, either acutely or gradually. Although glaucoma is painless, it can eventually lead to blindness. Fortunately, cannabis may reduce some of the symptoms of glaucoma, or sow down the condition’s progression.

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Studying Cannabis Against Glaucoma

Sadly, there is no cure for this serious condition as of yet. Certain prescription drugs can offer relief in some cases, however, and surgery can prove effective as well. It seems, however, as if cannabis has properties that can also be effective in terms of glaucoma treatment.

Lowering Eye Pressure

Excessive pressure within the eyeball is one of the potential causes of glaucoma. High eyeball pressure can cause pain in addition to damaging the eyeball. The potential of cannabis for lowering inner eye pressure has been studied since the nineteen seventies.

One of these studies was published in the Journal of the American medical Association. THC found in cannabis indeed proves capable of significantly lowering eye pressure by 25% in 60 to 65% of all consumers. Other studies have shown that people affected b combinations of glaucoma and high blood pressure are most likely to benefit from the use of cannabis.

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One drawback of cannabis use for glaucoma treatment is its temporary effectiveness, which lasts up to three to four hours after consumption. Glaucoma treatment requires constant regulation of eye pressure to prevent it from returning to its previous heightened state. Sadly, most people are unable to use cannabis continuously for 24 hours a day, no matter how much some would like to.

Of course, a permanent cannabis high can also have negative consequences for anyone who has work or studies waiting. Cannabis microdosing could be an alternative, although the question remains whether such low doses would suffice for treating glaucoma. Another option would be choosing a high THC strain and combining it with CBD cannabis seeds or CBD Oil if you wish to temper the psychoactive effects of THC.

Protective Properties Of Cannabis

Glaucoma involves the gradual dying-off of optic nerve cells. THC and CBD have been know to offer neuroprotective potential for some time since they can act as antioxidants. The British Journal of Ophthalmology has published studies demonstrating these qualities.

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These studies showed that in addition to protecting cells, CBD and THC can also prevent accumulation of toxins such as glutamic acid, which can kill nerve cells. In case of glaucoma, this could help cannabis compounds delay progression of the condition.

Using Cannabis Against Glaucoma

Sadly, glaucoma is still an incurable condition, and cannabis is not an officially acknowledged medicine. However, cannabis could help relieve some of the symptoms associated with glaucoma, as well as delay the progression of the disease. If you have glaucoma and you are considering trying cannabis for treatment, finding specific advice on how to proceed is difficult. As we have seen, using cannabis multiple times every day may bring relief for glaucoma symptoms, but it can also produce unwanted side-effects.

Since THC seems particularly effective in treating glaucoma, a high-THC cannabis strain like Fatkid’s Cake seems the obvious choice. On the other hand, a strain with lower THC percentages and higher CBD content could be a good option for curbing the high. The same goes for cannabidiol supplements: CBD Oil or CBD Tablets can do the same. Be sure to consult your doctor if you decide to try cannabis for your glaucoma; especially if you’re using specific types of medication.

Anyone attempting to grow cannabis themselves, whether for glaucoma or for other medicinal purposes, should always ensure that they use high quality cannabis seeds to do so. These are the best guarantee for consistency in cannabinoid and terpene profiles. On top of this, finding the best matching cannabis strain is crucial; both in terms of personal preferences and with regard to the symptoms concerned.

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Be sure to read our Grow Blogs to grow seeds using the best techniques for your premium genetics. They tell you all you need to know in order to harvest prime quality cannabis for any purpose, including conditions such as glaucoma.

 

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Two Cannabis Grows In One Outdoor Season

The time for growing weed in the open air always seems too short. Cannabis plants simply take time to complete their grow cycle, so avid open-air growers have some tough choices to make every year. So wouldn’t it be awesome if we knew a way to squeeze in a second outdoor cannabis grow into that sunny season? That way, any grower could double their homegrown winter stash to last until next spring. Well, you’re in luck – read on to find out how you can manage two outdoor grows in a single summer cannabis season!

Two Grows In One Outdoor Season – How Great Would That Be?

Every grower knows the feeling: in early spring, as the outdoor cannabis growing season approaches, decisions need to be made. Which strain (or possibly strains, depending on available space and budget) should you pick? The choice is important: once you’ve ordered your cannabis seeds online, there’s no going back. After germinating and pregrowing those seeds, they have to be planted. From there on, no matter how enjoyable the process of growing weed in the garden, you are committed to the strain(s) you chose.

Fact is, we only have one summer season every year – just enough time to watch a plant sprout, veg, flower, and mature before autumn arrives. Mother Nature gives us just one annual opportunity, so we only get one shot at that ultimate harvest. Or do we?

How great would it be if there was some way to squeeze in an extra round of growing? Two grows in one season would surely double the harvest results, which is great for anyone looking to make it through the winter on their own homegrown stash of prime cannabis. In addition, it would allow you to enjoy two different strains, offering variation in taste, effects, and medical benefits. If only breeders found a loophole somehow; a type of cannabis plant that would permit two grows in one outdoor season…

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Great News For Garden Ganja Growers!

You’ve probably felt it coming, but we have some great news for all you garden ganja growers out there. You’ve probably heard of (and likely grown) autoflower cannabis seeds. Well, guess what? The ruderalis genetics bred into autoflower strains offer us exactly what we need to fit two outdoor grows into one sunny cannabis season!

Two Autoflower Grows In One Cannabis Season

Autoflower genetics are best known for their ability to start flowering regardless of lighting conditions. Whereas non-autoflower (or photoperiod) plants are triggered by the summer solstice to switch from the growth to the flowering stage, autoflowers decide for themselves. This is largely due to the harsh conditions and short summers in their original habitats of Central Asia and Russia. Ruderalis crops simply never had time to take it slow like their laid-back indica and sativa cousins. They evolved to be independent of the seasons. That’s a real bonus for outdoor cannabis growers, because having to wait until late June to start flowering means there’s no time left to start a second grow.

There is another big advantage to  growing autoflowering plants, however: they are fast little ladies. This is another consequence of the spartan environment in which they evolved. Short summers and cold autumn winds meant they needed to grow and flower fast before their brief season blew past. As you can see, these speedy genetics come in very handy for anyone looking to manage two consecutive grows in a single cannabis outdoor season.

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Timing Is Everything

Regular seeds, whether sativa, indica, or hybrids, take months to reach their final, harvestable state. Since the open air grow season only starts when spring strengthens its sunny grip on the land, that means we can only get one grow done before the weather turns. That means we get a window lasting approximately from early May through September in most European countries and much of North America.

With autoflowers, though, growers can start early in April (window sill or greenhouse pregrow) or May and watch their plants flower in early June. Theoretically, they could harvest by mid-July. If they play their cards right, though, they can order, germinate, and pregrow another batch of seeds as June passes into July. That would mean the second batch of marijuana genetics is ready to hit the soil right as the first harvest is hung up to dry. Fast autoflower strains could then be ready for another harvest round by mid-September. You’ve guessed right: autoflower cannabis strains give us the means to manage two grows in a single outdoor season!

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Speeding Things Up

So are there ways to speed things up even further, you may wonder at this point. Well, to be fair, managing three consecutive grows in one summer seems a bit unrealistic (if you figure out how, please let us know), even if climate change should extend the warm weather period a bit. Still, there are a few things you can do to speed up two autoflower cannabis grows in one season:

Prepping

Rather than being a doomsday prepper, why not become a harvest day prepper? Make sure you make up your mind on which genetics you want to grow in the upcoming outdoor season and order those seeds by February or March. That should give you plenty of time to be fully prepared once you pop those seeds – every day counts when you’re aiming for double grow results!

As always, make sure you buy your seeds from a respected and verified quality vendor. You don’t want your first batch to muck up halfway through the veg stage or even during germination, because it will definitely screw up your planning. Starting early has an added benefit: you have the opportunity to anticipate any spring discounts your favourite seeds suppliers are bound to launch! Don’t worry about storage: cannabis seeds can last for years if you keep them in a cool, dark and dry place.

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Gearing Up

Make sure you have all the gear you need before you get started. If you like, you can go full minimalist and use only your garden soil, some compost, and regular tap water. If you want to scale things up a bit (for example by trying to speed up your grows even further) make sure you have a pregrow box, possibly a small greenhouse, and the right soil and nutrients ready. Think about pots and locations, too, because a perfect cannabis grow spot can be key to fitting two grows into a single season.

Planning Your Grows

Gather all the know-how you’ll need before starting that first grow. Read up on growing autoflowers, and decide on the grow techniques you want to use. Remember that although autoflower genetics tend to be robust due to their evolutionary history, they will need time to recover from any stress you inflict by HST interventions such as topping or supercropping. That’s going to eat into the time you’ll have left for that second autoflower grow – the outdoor season clock is ticking…

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Picking Two Autoflower Grows For The Outdoor Cannabis Season

So there you have it. You’re all set to squeeze in an extra outdoor weed adventure this year! All that’s left now is ordering the premium autoflower seeds that best match your taste and preferences. Here at Amsterdam Genetics, you have plenty of top notch genetics to choose from.

Pick Your Autoflower Seeds

No matter whether you pick our brand new Dynamighty Autoflower, a time-tested classic like AK-020 Auto, or a high-speed taste explosion like Milkshake Kush Autoflower, you’re all set to double your outdoor efficiency with two Amsterdam Genetics autoflower strains this summer!

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Cannabis, Trauma, And PTSD

Like it or not, the chance of experiencing some sort of trauma over the course of your life is pretty realistic. Traumas can happen to anyone: from traffic accidents to your house catching fire, finding yourself caught up in a war, or the sudden death of a child or loved one. Life has a nasty habit of taking sudden drastic turns. So how do you cope with traumatic events? People differ in their responses. Some develop PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and get nightmares, flashbacks, anxiety, and depression. Psychotherapy and medication can help, but cannabis may be useful in treating PTSD, too.

Life After Trauma

We all hope for a peaceful life with a minimum of drama and shocking events. Realistically, though, that has a faintly fairytale ring to it of ‘living happily ever after’. Sadly, that’s not how life usually goes. On average, more than one in two people experience actual traumatic events at some point in their lives. Walking into a supermarket robbery or being a sexual abuse victim is more likely than most of us would like to admit.

No matter how traumatic an event may be, however, developing PTSD is by no means a given. Some people get to terms with trauma in a matter of weeks or months. Stress and anxiety soon fade to the background. Failure to cope well with trauma can lead to developing post-traumatic stress disorder. This is a chronic condition that can cause various physical and mental problems:

  • Difficulty concentrating;
  • Intense anxiety (including panic attacks);
  • Depression;
  • Headaches;
  • Jumpy, fearful mindset;
  • Dizziness;
  • Fatigue;
  • Withdrawn behaviour;
  • Sleeping problems;
  • Nightmares;

PTSD can have disruptive consequences for daily life. Feelings of loneliness and isolation can be crushing (since nobody truly understands what you’ve been through), while panic attacks and recurring flashbacks can make you feel deeply insecure. In addition, PTSD can make it very hard to concentrate on on your job or studies. PTSD symptoms are usually treated with medication and psychotherapy. However, the calming properties of cannabis have scientists interested in the potential of marijuana in PTSD treatment. We take a look at the benefits involved in using cannabis for this condition.

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Veterans, Cannabis & PTSD

One group of PTSD patients who prove especially likely to use cannabis for symptom relief are traumatized army veterans. In the US in particular, more liberal legislation, high numbers of (former) army personnel with traumas, and better access to cannabis have led many veterans to try cannabis for their PTSD issues. It appears that many of them turn to marijuana once regular antidepressants and anxiolytics fail to bring relief. Let’s find out what makes cannabis so interesting as a natural treatment option of PTSD.

How Cannabis Can Help Control Trauma And PTSD

Cannabis can influence our body and brain by working with our endocannabinoid system (ECS) to affect various processes. The ECS is tasked with preserving our physiological balance, a job for which it need cannabinoids. These cannabinoids act as messenger, binding to cell receptors to relay messages to other cells. Cannabinoids found in cannabis plants, including THC, CBD, and CBG, are accepted by the body just like the highly similar endocannabinoids it produces itself, allowing them to perform this task too. This begs the question: what potential does cannabis have in treating PTSD?

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Replenishing Cannabinoid Deficits

Martin Lee is a researcher investigating the consequences of PTSD. In his position at the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), he found that many people suffering from PTSD have cannabinoid deficits affecting their ECS. Their bodies produce insufficient endocannabinoids of their own, which causes disruptions into specific processes. Using cannabis could help replenish these deficits, however, giving patients a chance to recover.

Fewer Nightmares On Cannabis

Many people use cannabis as a natural means to help them sleep better. This implies another benefit of cannabis for PTSD patients. Recurring nightmares are one of the most prevalent symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. Participants in a 2019 study were given 5mg THC twice a day. This improved their quality of sleep, with fewer bad dreams to disturb them.

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Reduces Hypervigilance

Hypervigilance is a common symptom in many anxiety disorders, including PTSD. It means being in a heightened state of readiness. Hypervigilance can alter the brain’s chemical makeup, which in turn changes how we respond to our environment. Cannabis (with emphasis on indica strains) can help people relax, both in the physical and the mental sense. This relaxing effect can help lower hypervigilant states, which can bring vigilance back within its normal boundaries.

Positive Influence On The Amygdala Response

Researchers at Detroit’s Wayne State University have studied the influence of cannabis on the amygdala in trauma-induced anxiety disorders. The study was made up of three subject groups: a healthy control group, adults affected by trauma without suffering from PTSD, and a third group with PTSD. All 71 participants received either low doses of THC or a placebo. They were then exposed to a series of threatening stimuli while their amygdala response was monitored.

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It turned out that the THC group showed lower amygdala activity. These subjects displayed less anxiety in situations designed to trigger the sensation. These results were observed in all three groups, indicating that THC can reduce anxiety in PTSD patients. The researchers concluded that THC has a regulatory effect on threat processing in PTSD patients. This property makes CBD Oil a viable option for PTSD treatment in the future.

Lowers Intensity Of Anxiety

A research team at Brazil’s Federal University of Parana investigated whether cannabis can help reduce the intensity of traumatic memories. The setup was based on professor R. Sewell’s idea that traumatic memories can be overwritten by new memories, a notion called ‘extinction learning’.

This process can be used to extinguish trauma by repetition. Imagine a war veteran who gets anxious near bridges, because he recalls how explosives were thrown at him from a bridge during his deployment. After returning home, the veteran is likely to avoid brides altogether to prevent feelings of anxiety. The primitive reptile part of his brain warns that going near the bridge will kill him. However, if the veteran can be persuaded to go under the bridge and repeat the process several times, his brain will start to understand that bridges aren’t lethal after all. The anxiety is extinguished through the formation of new, non-traumatic memories.

People with PTSD appear to lack a healthy person’s capacity for extinction learning. Associations with the traumatic memory keep triggering anxiety responses. Professor Sewell thought, however, that cannabinoids could help out here. Cannabis stimulates the CB1 receptors of the endocannabinoid system, which have been shown to improve extinction learning in animal trials. In case of trauma, cannabinoids may boost the process and grant PTSD patients renewed access to this learning mechanism. This could enable them to recover from their traumatic experiences. Sadly, however, Sewell passed away before he could complete his research.

The Brazilian research team carried on the line of investigation, however. Their multi-study review demonstrated that cannabis can prove useful. Low THC doses paired with CBD seem to speed up extinction of traumatic memories. Apparently, cannabis helps reduce anxiety as seen in PTSD. THC improves the extinction process, while CBD helps counter the side-effects of THC.

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Cannabis To Improve Sense Of Calm In PTSD

There are many people who grow their own weed for the plant’s many alleged medical benefits. But what if you want to grow cannabis to increase your control over PTSD: which seeds should you order? We will hand aspiring growers a few suggestions below, but do keep in mind that success is never guaranteed. Always take conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder seriously. Weed is no miracle cure, and we advise anyone to seek professional help for mental and physical health problems in general!

As mentioned, researchers note that indica cannabis strains prove particularly helpful in controlling the symptoms of PTSD. Our selection of indica-dominant variants gives you plenty of choice, both in terms of their relaxing bodybuzz and with respect to flavour preferences and parent genetics. Our kush cannabis strains are worth a try for anyone aiming to pair mental tranquillity with relaxed muscles.

Growing Amsterdam Genetics Cannabis Seeds For PTSD

Being spoiled for choice in picking Amsterdam Genetics seeds is a good thing, especially when it comes to PTSD. Individual expressions of post traumatic stress disorder vary both according to personality and symptomatic nature. This depends on individual character traits, underlying trauma types, and severity of symptoms. We are more than happy to help growers find the best choice in cannabis genetics to control their specific PTSD problems.

Check Out Our Indica Strains

You’ll find plenty of suggestions for growing suitable weed variants in our blogs on cannabis strains to help you relax. Make sure to check our info on cannabis for stress and anxiety disorders. And don’t forget to consider the benefits of growing CBD seeds with high cannabidiol levels. Of course, our CBD Oil and CBG Oil supplements are good alternatives to increase your grip on PTSD.

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Always Take Cannabis And PTSD Seriously

If you have had a traumatic experience and you’re still dealing with negative consequences, you could try cannabis to find a sense of calm. It can help you sleep better, have fewer flashbacks, and possibly tone down the impact of your traumatic memories. Whatever you do, though, always make sure you act safely and responsibly. Consult a doctor if you are already using medication. The various cannabinoids in marijuana can sometimes interact with specific types of medication. Moreover, it is important to take both cannabis and PTSD symptoms seriously. Weed is no miracle cure: seeking professional support and talking about your problems with people close to you is always a good idea!

Anyone planning to grow their own cannabis, whether for PTSD or otherwise, will find the knowhow they need in our many Grow Blogs. Paired with the best cannabis seeds you’ll find online, even the greenest grower can make a flying start to that first home-grown harvest!

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Cannabis And Dreams

The ability to sleep is essential for maintaining our good health. Our capacity to dream, however, is not such a clear-cut matter. No matter how much we learn about the human mind, science is still pretty much at a loss s to the true purpose of dreams. As anyone fond of weed will confirm, cannabis has a profound impact on dreams. People often notice they tend to dream less; and not using cannabis can increase both the frequency and intensity of dreams. This blog explores the realm of sleep, to figure out just how cannabis affects our dreams.

Trip To Neverland: Why Do We Dream?

If we want to understand how cannabis affects our dreams, we need to reflect on the phenomenon of sleep. Why do we spend our nights going on dreamtime adventures? Intriguingly, we have been studying the phenomenon of dreaming for ages, without ever grasping what exactly goes on in that grey matter of ours when we drift off to Neverland.

Some believe our dreams contain valuable personal lessons. Allegedly, symbolic dream content holds valuable information that can tell us more about ourselves. Are you getting chased by monsters? Do you keep dreaming about dogs, babies, or walking around naked? Perhaps there is something you are unwilling or unable to face while awake, which yours dreams are trying to bring to your attention.

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Symbolism And The Subconscious

According to some theories, the images and impressions that our dreams reveal are symbolic. Famous psychologists, including Sigmund Freud and Carl Gustav Jung, understood dreams as expressions of our subconscious mind, which we cannot access through rational thought. Such theories are all but impossible to prove, however, and so the debate on the subject is still alive today.

In spite of such theoretical problems, though, it could still be sensible to have a close look at the symbolic interpretation of your dreams and the way they make you feel. If you believe in this approach, that is: so far, nobody has ever proven that dreams are actual messages expressed by the subconscious brain. Dreams could just as well be the mind’s way of processing the dull, impressive, or emotional events of the day. Or perhaps they are the story our brain fabricates out of random activation patterns occurring as a kind of ‘screen saver mode’ sets in while we rest.

Dreams often appear as random images that help us organise the events of the previous day – if we can even recall them when we wake up in the first place. Yet even if they slip through our fingers in the early morning light, some scientists believe that dreams are crucial for keeping our memory intact.

No matter what you think about dreams, we know that the stage of sleep in which we dream is called REM sleep. The abbreviation denotes the Rapid Eye Movement that occurs behind our closed eyelids during this stage. Every night, we go through repetitive sleep cycles, each of which is made up of different stages, switching from REM to N(on)REM sleep as we go. About 20% of all the sleep a healthy person gets is REM sleep; quite a significant portion of our snoozing hours, in other words.

In spite of all that we don’t know about the purpose of dreams, we do know that cannabis has a specific impact on their behaviour.

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How Cannabis Affects Dreams And Sleeping

Cannabis aficionados often say that weed affects their dreams and sleeping patterns. Unsurprisingly, many consumers use cannabis for medical reasons related to sleeping problems. These are usually unrelated to dreaming, though; getting more and better sleep is the most common reason, followed by attempts to counter fatigue.

Some frequent cannabis consumers say they dream only rarely. These claims were investigated in a small-scale study conducted by Pivik et al.

The research team administered THC to six participants before scrutinizing their sleeping patterns. It turned out that THC did not affect the first four stages of sleep. What did change, however, was a noticeable increase in brain activity during sleeping stage 4.

This stage is dedicated to deep sleep, a phase in which the body is busy restoring and repairing itself. This phase is essential for waking up feeling fresh and rested in the morning. Stage 5, which is dominated by REM sleep, was also affected by THC. Throughout this phase, THC in cannabis appears to suppress brain activity, which indicates fewer dreams with less intense content.

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It seems that the impact of THC on our dreams is twofold: it can suppress REM stage activity while improving stage 4 deep sleep activation. That implies cannabis gives people fewer dreams, but more profound sleep. This could be beneficial in some ways, but it could have its drawbacks, too.

Studies indicate that CBD (cannabidiol) impacts sleep in its own way. Whether this effect also impacts our dreams not yet clear, since this cannabis compound is not psychoactive like THC is. We do know, though, that CBD can reduce the psychoactive effects of THC. Perhaps that is a good reason to opt for cannabis with less THC and more CBD if you want to dream and still sleep soundly. A few drops of CBD Oil right before bedtime should get you the same results.

Fewer Dreams Through Cannabis: Potential Benefits

The obvious effect of cannabis on stage 4 of the sleep cycle is to improve how soundly we sleep. This is the main reason why cannabis is used for insomnia and related sleeping problems. Still, having fewer dreams can be beneficial too in certain cases. People who have frequent or recurring nightmares, such as those suffering from PTSD for instance, often wake up multiple times each night. They can also start to dread going to sleep for fear or reliving their nightmares. The same applies for many people coping with non-PTSD trauma. For some groups of people, then, having fewer dreams due to cannabis can be a distinct advantage.

Frequent nightmares can become a serious obstacle to getting enough sleep to stay sane and healthy. Having fewer dreams by using cannabis can help control disruptive sleep patterns, which can improve overall quality of life. In such cases, marijuana can promote sleeping all through the night to replenish the energy you need to function in the morning.

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The Negative Impact Of Cannabis On Sleep

Even though we still have much to learn about our dreams, many scientists agree that one way or another, dreaming is beneficial for our mental health. Our nightly escapades are necessary to keep our memory in working order, they claim, as well as for processing the emotions and events we experience in waking life.

In spite of these assumptions, though, there is little evidence to support the claim that spending less time in REM sleep comes with clear negative consequences. On the other hand, REM is simply part of our usual sleeping cycle, so dreaming is likely to contribute to our health and wellbeing somehow. There is a real chance that having fewer dreams could be detrimental to our health, then; especially for the young brain that is still developing rapidly.

Cannabis Tolerance Breaks And Dreams

There is another way in which you can influence your dreams: having a cannabis tolerance break. Prolonged use of cannabis builds up the body’s tolerance to THC, which gradually reduces the impact of the substance. Having a bit of a break can reverse this process, increasing sensitivity to cannabis including its impact on dreams.

Multiple studies have demonstrated that tolerance breaks lead to more vivid dreams. This phenomenon is known as the REM rebound. Many people admit to noticing its effect. They experience how their dreams become more frequent, more intense, and more vivid during and immediately after cannabis tolerance breaks.

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How To Handle Cannabis And Dreams

It seems clear that cannabis affects our quality of sleep as well as our dreams. For insomniacs, weed can be a real solution, improving their chance of sleeping through the night and reducing the likelihood of nightmares. Although this comes at the cost of reducing the amount of REM sleep, cannabis can be very helpful indeed for those whose dreams are a constant source of anxiety.

We do need further research, however,  to improve our grasp on the long-term relationship between dreams and cannabis. The myriad processes of the human body all happen for a reason. We are complex yet efficient organisms with no interest in spending energy on useless activities. Even if we do not yet fully comprehend the purpose of dreams, they are likely to benefit us in ways we may not suspect at this point.

That makes it important to stay aware of how cannabis affects our lives, and of whether having fewer dreams impacts our everyday functioning in society.

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Growing The Cannabis Of Your Dreams

We know plenty of cannabis lovers with ganja growing dreams. But how do you keep your homegrown harvest from robbing you of your dreams in turn? Our main tip: keep an eye on your weed intake, especially right after harvest time. The right drying and curing methods can help you preserve that stash for a very long time, so there’s no need to rush and smoke it all at once. We have plenty of strains to help you sleep well, including our kush range and indica-dominant variants with heavily relaxing bodybuzz effects. Our collection comprises a selection of premium seeds that are bound to send you snoring, pronto.

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No matter what, it’s best if you make sure you have other relaxing activities besides weed, or you may start to rely on cannabis to help you sleep. Enjoy a healthy diet, try to keep some rhythm in your daily activities, and make sure you get enough exercise. Try planning a tolerance break every now and then, and don’t roll up right before going to bed. These measures should enable anyone to enjoy cannabis without watching their dreams go up in smoke!

 

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Mainlining Cannabis

Anyone growing cannabis soon discovers that it’s not exactly rocket science. These are tough plants that can take quite a beating. However, anyone trying to make the most out of their grows and maximise harvests can try a host of grow techniques, one of which is mainlining. This technique will not only yield more buds and bigger harvests, but is also perfect for growing in confined spaces. So what is cannabis mainlining and how does it work? Find out below!

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What Is Cannabis Mainlining?

Strictly speaking, all a cannabis plant needs is water, nutrients, fresh air, and sunlight. This is enough to facilitate growth, flowering, and high quality buds. If you want to invest minimal time in your plants, these four factors will suffice. However, growers looking to boost their harvest yields can achieve more by mainlining their cannabis crops.

In normal circumstances, cannabis plants grow into a specific, genetically predetermined shape, giving each specimen a single dominant cola bud surrounded by a number of smaller flowers. Applying mainlining techniques allows growers to direct that growth, resulting in multiple equal-sized buds instead.

This enables plants to develop several main branches, whether 8, 16, or even 32 if the technique is repeated. The available space is the main limiting factor. The more buds a plant develops, the taller it will tend to grow.

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On average, plants with eight main branches will grow up to around 60cm. Plants with 16 buds will reach 1m at least; at 32 colas, they will easily reach past 2m.

Cannabis mainlining is a combined technique involving topping as well as low stress training aspects. It can be applied by beginners and advanced growers, but make no mistake: mainlining can be a source of severe stress to your plant, in spite of its low-stress components. Mainlining comes with risks, but if applied successfully, these are offset by the added yields come harvest time. So is cannabis mainlining worth the trouble? We’ll list the pros and cons below.

Pros And Cons Of Mainlining Cannabis

So is mainlining worth the trouble? This grow technique sure has some interesting advantages, but there’s some downsides as well. The summary below let any grower decide for themselves.

Benefits Of Cannabis Mainlining Techniques

Mainlining is a great technique for cannabis growers with limited space available. Mainlining makes for maximum yields on a confined floor surface by promoting growth of multiple main buds per plant. Come harvest time, you’ll see exactly what these benefits entail.

Moreover, mainlining is a relatively straightforward cannabis grow technique. Risks of (permanent) damage are minimal, as the stress and potential damage to the plants is confined to the initial stages of the grow. Once the main branches have formed, maintaining a mainlined plant is fairly easy.

Thirdly, cannabis mainlining is a very efficient way to make the most out of a limited grow space and limited lighting options. As an added bonus, mainlined plants tend to grow very evenly, making them a feast to the eye long before harvest time arrives.

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The Downsides Of Mainlining

The main downside of mainlining is its tendency to extend the vegetative stage of cannabis plants. That means your plants will take longer to start flowering; one or two weeks longer in most cases. The reason for this delay is the stress caused by the early-stage topping interventions – plants will need some time to recover.

Also keep in mind that mainlining is not a suitable technique for autoflower cannabis strains. Autoflowers have way shorter flowering times. Applying mainlining would result in so much stress for these plants that recovery would take about half of their entore life cycle. This makes autoflower genetics unfit for mainlining.

Applying mainlining to indoor cannabis grows calls for some high wattage lighting to make sure the light reaches all the way down to the lower branches. The minimum recommendation here is using 150W HPS, LED, or MH lights.

Another factor to consider is the height of the grow room. Eight-branch plants require at least 75cm from floor to ceiling, and multiplying the number of buds calls for progressively higher grow rooms.

Mainlining Cannabis In 4 Steps

Now that you know what mainlining is, along with it pros and cons,y ou’re ready to put it to practice using the four steps explained below.

Step 1: Getting Started

In order to make this technique work, you first need to know about nodes. In plant biology, nodes are the points where side branches grow out of the stem. The origin of a lateral branch is a node; the space in between two nodes is called internode, or internodal space.

With that out of the way, we are ready for step 1 of cannabis mainlining. Let’s assume that after germinating and planting your cannabis seeds, they grew into healthy young seedlings. Leave these to grow until the plant produces at least six internodes. This ensures a well-developed root system and the fortitude your cannabis plants need to recover from the initial stress caused by the mainlining approach.

Step 2: Shaping The Plant

When the seedling reaches the appropriate height, cut the stem right above the third node, counting up from the soil. To do so, use the cutting technique discussed in our Topping Grow Blog. This third node is where your mainlining efforts begin. Leave the fan leaves of the third node intact, but remove all remaining foliage and plant material below this node. This will leave you with a bare stem, which will make the plant focus all its energy on the crucial third node. Your work should now result in a single central stem with two fan leaves split into a Y-shape.

Step 3: Topping And Training

Now, leave the two remaining branches to grow until they have four internodes each. Support the plant wherever necessary by tying branches down. Again, remove all excess plant material at the second node and remove all branches and leaves below the third node. You are now making your way to the eight main branches that you were after. Make sure the branches grow horizontally by applying low stress training. This gives all branches equal room to grow as they recover from the earlier cuttings.

Step 4: Towards 8 Buds

Your plants are now growing steadily through their vegetative phase. Keep an eye on developments and make sure the branches are trained horizontally. By the time she starts to flower, you’ll see 8 main branches or even more if you repeat the topping process. If you want to give that a try, let every branch grow out to 5 nodes, top the branches as described above, and then remove excess foliage again.

If you feel eight colas is enough, or if you lack the space to go further, just let the horizontal branches find their own way back up towards the light from the point where they’re tied down. This creates a crown-shaped plant sporting multiple main branches, soon to be studded with glistening buds for crown jewels. You nailed it!

If all goes according to plan, your cannabis plant can start to flower after you complete the mainlining activities. You don’t want to stress her any further from here on out. Once flowering gets underway, you’d better get ready… Once your mainlining project nears completion, your cannabis plant may start to look like the stunner featured in these pictures!

More Buds, Or Stop At Eight?

Cannabis growers that really got the hang of mainlining can keep on repeating the technique after reaching eight buds. If your plant can deal with the stress, however, those eight buds can become sixteen, and then thirty-two. The trick is knowing when to stop, however. Ask yourself if you really want to stress your plants even more, and whether you’re prepared to postpone that flowering stage even further. If so, fell free to proceed. If mainlining is not your cup of cannabis tea after all, just browse our selection of Grow Blogs to find out  what works for you!

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Cannabis mainlining is a technique that helps your plant focus its full energy supply on just a few branches instead of a whole bush. If done right, all colas will develop similarly and blossom into an abundant harvest.

No matter whether you’re an expert of many harvests, or simply going for your first one, we definitely suggest giving this technique a try!